Glenn Greenwald And Amy Goodman Share Inaugural Izzy Award For Independent Media

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Park Center for Independent Media
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Glenn Greenwald And Amy Goodman Share Inaugural Izzy Award For Independent Media

ITHACA, NY - The Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca
College has announced that its first annual Izzy Award for special
achievement in independent media will be shared this year by two
pillars of independent journalism: blogger Glenn Greenwald and
“Democracy Now!” host/executive producer Amy Goodman.

The award ceremony — featuring Goodman and Greenwald — will take
place at Ithaca’s State Theatre on Tuesday, March 31.  More details on
the event, which is free and open to the public, will be announced at a
later date.

The Izzy Award is named after the legendary dissident journalist
Isidor Feinstein “Izzy” Stone, who launched his muckraking newsletter
“I.F. Stone’s Weekly” in 1953 during the height of the McCarthy witch
hunts. Stone, who died in 1989, exposed government deceit and
corruption while championing civil liberties, racial justice and
international diplomacy.

Citing their “pathbreaking journalistic courage and persistence in
confronting conventional wisdom, official deception and controversial
issues,” the judges chose the two winners because “the intrepid spirit
of Izzy Stone is alive and thriving in the tireless daily efforts of
Amy Goodman and Glenn Greenwald.”

Glenn Greenwald is a former constitutional lawyer who started
blogging in 2005, acting as his own editor/publisher in the I.F. Stone
tradition. In 2007 he moved his popular blog to Salon.com,
retaining full editorial freedom. Week after week, in meticulously
documented and detailed blog posts, he skewers hypocrisy, deception and
revisionism on the part of the powers that be in government and the
media. His 2008 reporting on a false claim about 9/11 by then-U.S.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey led to a retraction. With
devastatingly crisp arguments, Greenwald has inveighed against torture
and defended constitutional rights for all, whether they be “enemy
combatants” or American protesters. He has toughly criticized both
Republicans and Democrats, and his blogging frequently sparks debate in
major media and on Capitol Hill. 

Over the past 12 years, Amy Goodman has built “Democracy Now!”
into the largest public media collaboration — it can be found on
television, radio and the Internet — in the country. Independent of any
party or sponsor in the I.F. Stone tradition, “Democracy Now!” offers a
daily cutting-edge broadcast featuring issues, experts and debates
rarely heard in corporate media, including the voices of both
policymakers and those affected by policy. Through timely interviews
with heads of state, opposition leaders, artists and organizers,
Goodman in 2008 maintained an ongoing, tenacious focus on the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. violations of the Geneva conventions, racial
justice issues such as the still-displaced poor of New Orleans, and
political repression overseas. “Democracy Now!” has become a daily stop
for journalists, scholars, officials and activists seeking not just to
get behind the news, but to stay ahead of the news.

Based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College,
the Park Center for Independent Media (http://www.ithaca.edu/indy)
was launched in 2008 as a national center for the study of media
outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional
corporate systems and news organizations.

Judges of the inaugural Izzy Award were PCIM director Jeff Cohen;
University of Illinois communications professor and author Robert W.
McChesney; and Linda Jue, director and executive editor of the San
Francisco-based G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism.

“The judges were impressed by the daunting number of outstanding
candidates for this new award,” said Cohen. “It reflects the growing
clout and diversity of independent media.”

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